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West Alabama rural Planning Organization (RPO)
April and May Meetings

The West Alabama Rural Planning Organization (RPO) will hold the following meetings:

1.  Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC)

  • Bibb County - April 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - Brent City Hall, 22 1st Street, Brent, AL
  • Fayette County - April 24, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - Fayette County Commission Chamber, 103 1st Avenue NW, Fayette, AL
  • Greene County - April 26, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - James C. Poole Library, 219 Prairie Avenue, Eutaw, AL
  • Hale County - April 17, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - Moundville Library, 279 Market Street, Moundville, AL
  • Lamar County - April 19, 2018 6:00 p.m. - Lamar County Commission Chamber, 44690 Highway 17, Vernon, AL
  • Pickens County - April 26, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - Pickens County Commission, 20 Phoenix Ave, Carrollton, AL

2.  Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.

3.  RPO Policy Committee, Friday, May 11, 2018 - 10:30 a.m.

The Technical Coordinating Committee and Policy Committee meetings will be held at the West Alabama Regional Commission located at 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport, Alabama. 

The committees will discuss the ALDOT traffic management center, the update of GIS map files, and the Fiscal Year 2019 RPO Work program at the meeting.  The draft Work Program is posted on the WARC website (https://www.warc.info/rpo-documents/).  In addition, Dr. Despina Stavrinos with the UAB Translational Research for Injury Prevention (TRIP) Laboratory will make a presentation on distracted driving and partnerships with UAB. 

The RPO serves as a transportation planning process for the rural areas of west Alabama and provides a formal link between the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and the local governments.  The counties served by the RPO include Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, and Pickens.  The RPO provides government officials and citizens in these counties an opportunity to advise the ALDOT on road, bridge, and transit projects. 

All of the meetings are open to the public.  Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.  For special assistance call the WARC at (205) 333-2990. 
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Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
April Meetings

The Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold the following meetings: 

1.     Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (BPC), Monday, April 16, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
2.     Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
3.     Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), Thursday, April 19, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
4.     Metropolitan Planning Organization (Policy Committee), Monday, April 30, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

The meetings will be held at the West Alabama Regional Commission (WARC), 4200 Highway 69 North, Suite 1, Northport.  The public is encouraged to attend and participate.  Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the meeting (205-333-2990 or david.norris@westal.org).

Items that will be discussed at the meetings include: (1) proposed Fiscal Years 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) amendments; (2) a traffic model for the 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan; (3) the problems, needs, and barriers for the 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan; (4) the draft Fiscal Year 2019 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP); and (5) the Tuscaloosa Area MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan 2018.  The traffic model maps and UPWP are available at https://www.warc.info/mpo-documents/. 

Proposed TIP amendments

  • (Project Removal from TIP) 100049704 McWrights Ferry Road from Rice Mine Road to New Watermelon Road - Extension and partial interchange; RW; $5,605,758
  • (Project Removal from TIP) 100049705 McWrights Ferry Road from Rice Mine Road to New Watermelon Road - Extension and partial interchange; UT; $2,276,187
  • (Project Removal from TIP) 100049735 McWrights Ferry Road from Rice Mine Road to New Watermelon Road - Extension and partial interchange; CN; $21,319,629
  • (Date Change - Out of TIP) 100043871 Watermelon Road from McFarland Boulevard (US-82, SR-6) to Snows Mill Avenue - Widening, striping, and other improvements; UT; 12/1/2019; $341,428
  • (Date Change - Out of TIP) 100008461 Watermelon Road from McFarland Boulevard (US-82, SR-6) to Snows Mill Avenue - Widening, striping, and other improvements; CN; 8/28/2020; $569,047
  • (Date Change - Out of TIP) 100043870 Martin Luther King Boulevard from Snows Mill Avenue to Lurleen Wallace Boulevard (SR-69) - Add turn lanes, realignment of intersections, sidewalks, lighting, and bridge replacement over Two Mile Creek; UT; 12/1/2019; $569,047
  • (Date Change - Out of TIP) 100008460 Martin Luther King Boulevard from Snows Mill Avenue to Lurleen Wallace Boulevard (SR-69) - Add turn lanes, realignment of intersections, sidewalks, lighting, and bridge replacement over Two Mile Creek; CN; 8/28/2020; $6,828,560
  • (Cost Increase) 100057985 SR-69 from Plantation Road to the I-20/59 Overpass, including the Alabama Southern Railroad Overpass - Intersection improvements; RW; Old Estimate $1,099,120; New Estimate $4,700,000
  • (Cost Increase) 100066957 SR-69 from the Hale County Line to Old Greensboro Road; FM; ; Old Estimate $1,775,575; New Estimate $8,558,879.23

The public can comment on the proposed TIP amendments at any of the MPO committee meetings, by mail (at the address in the header), e-mail (david.norris@westal.org), telephone (205-333-2990, x 213), or fax (205-333-2713). Public comments regarding the proposed amendments will be accepted until April 13, 2018, unless submitted at one of the April MPO committee meetings. 

The MPO Policy Committee plans how federal highway and transit funds are spent in Tuscaloosa County.  The MPO Policy Committee is served by three advisory committees: the BPC, CTAC, and the TCC.  The BPC was formed to assist the MPO with bicycle and pedestrian issues.  The CTAC provides active and on-going public participation.  The TCC, composed of engineers and planners, provides technical guidance to the Policy Committee.